• The Business

    Do you get your cut from the cloud?

    Cloud computing stands to be the most significant transformation for the IT industry in a generation. Analysts predict that within a few years, almost all companies will run at least some of their IT in the cloud; a minority will run all their computing that way.
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  • The Business

    Partner Focus: Robert Epstein, Microsoft

    A good working relationship with Microsoft is often the lifeblood of any IT consultancy or reseller business. Microsoft still sells the vast majority of its products through the channel, but recent moves into cloud-based services have led some firms to worry that Microsoft might bypass them, and sell directly to SMEs.
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ServerNetwork

Document management with Microsoft Search Server

Storage is cheap and it’s easy to create documents, so most companies have tens or hundreds of thousands of documents on the computers in their companies. So how do your customers find a document on a particular topic? The worrying answer is probably that they can’t...

   
The Business

How to get paid on time

Get your payment terms straight from the start and follow up on invoices professionally to deal with problem payers

   
ServerNetwork

Mining Logs with Splunk

There’s a lot of information floating around in a network, information that’s being written into log files every minute of every day. Those log files that contain everything you need to know about how the systems you’re managing are running, and how they’re responding to the demands of their users.

   
The Business

Hardware Recycling: Making money from green

Dealing with end-of-life hardware can be a burden for it consultants, but managing recycling and trade-ins for clients provides a business opportunity, as well as a chance to help the environment.

   
Server

Monitoring servers remotely

Staying on top of customer servers without making a visit using logs, scripts and consoles – and how Windows Server 2008 helps

   
ServerClient

Application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences

Get total application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences.

   
Business Continuity

Protecting against power issues in a small office takes more than picking a UPS

Protect computers from power problems and you can extend their working life as well as avoiding downtime and possible data corruption. Losing data on a laptop or desktop is bad enough, but losing a server to a power surge or power cut can be much more severe, potentially even a threat to the business. Losing a mail server or a major database can lead to serious data corruption that will take you time, perhaps even days, to resolve. During that time, your customer’s business is being impacted, and even if they’ve ignored your advice they’re likely to blame you, so you need to explain the danger and convince them to protect their systems.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Types of Storage

There are three types of storage you can provide to your customers: Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Area Networking (SAN). What you choose will affect the cost, the solution and the levels of support and services you can offer.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Setting up Windows Home Server in the office

The stay at home server turns out to be the little server that could, with plenty of business friendly features.
Even the smallest business will find a server useful, whether it’s just for sharing files and connecting them to the Web or delivering applications.

   
Telecoms

Smartphone data plans for push email and web browsing

Getting a smartphone connected for push email and Web browsing is as easy as signing up for a data plan with an operator and waiting for the network to provision the service. Finding the right data plan for the business can be harder – but it can be more profitable too.
   

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